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I'm taking notes from a textbook via LaTeX (as a study guide / way to learn) and I'm starting on chapter 16. I want the theorems to say "Theorem 16.1, Theorem 16.2..." etc. I am using the basic syntax:

\newtheorem{thm}{Theorem}[section]

and I'm wondering what I can replace section with.

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    setting the counter (as in the answer) is correct, but if you are starting on chapter 16, it seems that you should be using the [chapter] counter as the theorem option. (confused? so am i.) – barbara beeton Jan 26 '15 at 14:22
  • @barbarabeeton thanks, meant to thank you a few months ago but school happened! – Ben Kushigian May 14 '15 at 4:23
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You have to change the section counter. Use on your preamble

\setcounter{section}{15}

So when you start a new section with \section{} the counter will be increased by one.

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